Mad Max sidecar tribute build

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by 3legs, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. EastRoad

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    nice work!
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  2. tinwelp

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    A brilliant job of recreating something quite odd... apart from the little issue of the wheel spacing.

    I know it hurts, but there's no other way to fix that than to knuckle down, rip it out and rebuild it. Otherwise, every single time you look at the thing, all you'll see is the sidecar wheel sitting too close to the centreline. Sorry to point out the obvious, but I'm very sure you know this already. I've been there and done that way too many times...

    Now then, carry on Sir! Looking forward to a video of the finished item taken with a slightly grainy camera filter for that authentic touch.

    Cheers... Paul
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  3. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Looking good!
    Glad you decided to take this on. It will be one cool ride!
    You got this.:thumb
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  4. villageidiot

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    i say leave it.

    just adjust the "tank" and exhaust tips to compensate to give the visual of the same distance.

    it'll be fuckin RAD no matter what.
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  5. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Well the engineer got back to me and said I can extend what I already have just with some extra gusseting.

    Makes life a lot easier.

    Currently making mounts for the dummy tank and exhaust and have organised the welder for early next week.


    Later

    3legs
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  6. Valleyam

    Valleyam South Australian Tiger resistance group

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    I had forgotten about this section on the ADV site. What a build. love your work 3 legs. Did you do any more with the 550 it you built? I be watching this with a lot of interest. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Nah, haven't done anymore on the 550. Been slack:lol3

    I have to admit I have a couple of projects that I have started and got about 75% done then got bored and started on the next project:D

    Once the Mad Max outfit has finished I might get stuck into those projects and complete them............................................................until the next project comes along:lol3:lol3:lol3
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  8. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    Excellent work Alex, it will be interesting to see how it rides with zero sidecar wheel lead. Well at least I think it has zero sidecar wheel lead. Cheers Leigh
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  9. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    G'day Leigh.

    Yep it has zero lead. When I had the original it actually steered ok and if my memory is correct the steering was light and bugger all pulling.

    I think because of the length of the whole outfit it made it easier than expected (or because I was a lot stronger in those days) but I could be wrong :lol3

    Agreed though, it will be interesting:D
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  10. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Also the welding has been delayed by a week due to my welder having a prior job that must be done. Fair enough.

    Got the ADR approved brake lines made today. Will pick up tomorrow.

    Might start on making some dummy exhaust pipes while I'm waiting for the welder.
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  11. JimVonBaden

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    That is awesome. I love the exhaust! :deal
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  12. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    It's a roller......................................................................and a flopper.

    At long last it's on 3 wheels and she has the usual chopper steering flop. Not much I can do about it. Hopefully it lightens up as I get rolling.

    Contacted the engineer to arrange an inspection.

    Note there is still a lot to do like the headstem gusset, exhaust, forward controls and body work but at least the hard parts done.

    Also the original had the headlight on the frame just in front of the engine. I'm not allowed that however I'm going to see if I'm allowed a non working light.

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  13. WILL_S

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    Some talent there
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  14. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    I wouldn't say talent just a bloke having a go plus google is my friend:lol3:lol3:lol3

    There was a lot of sitting down and thinking about it before I made the first cut.

    I've been given some great advice by the welder and the guy who has done my turning. Without those 2 it would be a shit mishmash.

    Before this build I would have been content with 5mm gaps now 1mm gaps look like the grand canyon to me.:D

    It's not perfect but it's my best to date.


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  15. SidecarLeigh

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    I've been lucky enough to get a close up look at this machine.......REALLY NICE. Looks great as a roller Alex. Cheers Leigh
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  16. Fast Idle

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    Wow! Great progress Alex. That looks waaaaaaaay cool. You've got to be pretty pleased to get to this point.
    Just looking at it takes me back to the days of wild custom cars and bikes with big flake paint jobs like the ones Ed "Big Daddy" Roth use to build.
    I was a big fan of those customs as a kid. Think I still have a few rat finks laying around somewhere.:photog
    Your bike is going to bring that kind of excitement back. You just don't see those kind of builds anymore.
    Keep up the good work and congrats on the roller!
    Cheers :beer
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  17. JimVonBaden

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    Looking great! Now to the fun stuff! :deal
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  18. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Thanks Steve. Me too, i used to build those models, Revell I think they were.

    I love that period of outrageous design.
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  19. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Organised the Engineer for an inspection. 8th Oct.

    Woohoo:lol3:lol3:lol3
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  20. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Made a dummy header arrangement today.

    Used pipe insulation and copper tubing.

    It looks like a tight fit because the insulation is 40mm but the actual exhaust will be 35mm which means I will have heaps of room.

    Where the headers end they will turn 90 degrees and go to the exhaust tips.

    What do you think? I'm always open to suggestions.

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